Mercedes-AMG Confirms It Is Putting Its Formula 1 Engine In A Supercar, We Can’t Contain Our Excitement
Whatever it was you got for your birthday, we bet it wasn’t an F1-engined supercar.
That’s what AMG is getting for its 50th, though. After a slightly hush-hush development period, the cat slipped out of the bag at the Belgian Grand Prix at the weekend when an AMG source confirmed the car’s existence.
Details are extremely scarce at the moment – we don’t even know what it will look like – but the general consensus is that the car will use a version of the engine that’s powering Mercedes-AMG to the front of the Formula 1 grid at the moment.
That means a 1.6-litre, V6 turbo producing around 700hp and a battery system with kinetic energy recovery worth around 300hp.
With a power-to-weight ratio target of 1hp per 1kg, AMG has plenty of weight to play with as a modern F1 car weighs just 700kg.
Although the road car will be needing comfortable seats, some kind of cooling system and some way of starting the engine that doesn’t require a team of mechanics, that should mean it’ll have to rely on plenty of exotic materials such as carbon fibre, titanium and silicon carbide.
Oddly, this will be the second F1-derived supercar revealed in the past six weeks, following the unveiling of the Aston Martin/Red Bull collaboration AM-RB001. Curiously, AMG’s parent company Daimler owns a stake in Aston Martin as part of a technical partnership.
We just wish Renault had been mad enough to put its F1-derived supercar into production 20 years ago…
We’ll see you in the queue.
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